MONTEVIDEO – The Uruguayan Institute of Meteorology, or Inumet, has warned of an imminent arrival of ash cloud to Uruguay from the Chile’s Calbuco volcano, which erupted last Thursday for the third time in a week.
In a special bulletin on their website on Sunday, Inumet said that from 20:00 (23:00 GMT) Sunday onwards, residual plumes linked to volcanic ash from the Calbuco eruption would be witnessed.
The volcanic ash cloud would become visible first in southwestern part of the country and then continue to move and disperse in the rest of the territory in the subsequent hours, the report said.
“At the moment,” the ashes are not expected to affect “horizontal visibility,” according to the institute, which also ruled out chances of “precipitation of volcanic particles” in the country.
The organization said that it would continue to monitor the situation and offer relevant information as the situation progressed.
The 2,015-meter (6,006-foot) high Calbuco volcano erupted Thursday for the third time since last week, creating a smoke and ash plume 3 km. (1.8 mi.) high.
The eruption on Thursday was of a lesser magnitude than earlier ones, when the ash plume soared to 17 km. (10.5 mi.).
Calbuco, in the southern region of Los Lagos, is considered Chile’s third-most-dangerous active volcano, due to its proximity to human settlement.
High-magnitude eruptions have been recorded at Calbulco over the last few centuries although it had remained silent for 43 years.